HC Deb 29 October 1957 vol 575 cc4-5
7. Mr. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has yet received the report from the Committee on Diligence.

Mr. N. Macpherson

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend understands that the Committee is making good progress but that there is still much to do.

Mr. Hamilton

How long has the Committee been sitting on this report? It seems an exceptionally long time. Meanwhile, great hardship is being undergone by the people who are suffering by the arrestment of their wages for hire-purchase payments, and so on. Will the Government make recommendations to the Committee with a view to speeding up the report?

Mr. Macpherson

The Committee was set up in July, 1956. A great deal of oral evidence has had to be taken—I understand that most of it has been taken—and has to be considered.